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Mammoth Cave Bike & Hike Trail Among Nation's Best

Kentucky’s historic Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail has made USA Today’s list of “15 fantastic bike trails” around the U.S.
 
The Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike & Hike Trail part of the rails­to­trails movement that repurposes decommissioned railway lines into useable biking and hiking trails, follows an old rail corridor of the Mammoth Cave Railroad, which carried passengers from Glasgow Junction (now Park City) to Mammoth Cave.
 
The Mammoth Cave Railroad, which discontinued its service in the early twentieth century, carried passengers as well as mail and other supplies to area citizens. One of only five remaining engine cars, Engine No. 4, is on display in the park near the trail.
 
“The trail takes you past Diamond Caverns, one of the many attractions in Kentucky’s cave country,” Telia Butler, Public Relations Director for the Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, told USA Today, “then weaves back and forth between the forested and open fields of the national park.”
 
Despite the Rails­to­Trails Conservancy describing the trail as ridable for all skill levels, Butler rates the path as moderately difficult, the report also stated. While much of the trail is flat, there are a few steep hills.
 
Another nearby trail, the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, which runs through Athens, Ohio, was also featured.
 
Curated by Pat LaFleur